IHCA Bulletin - 07/06/2010  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Change in criminal background checks
•  New from CMS
•  Be prepared: Review flood disaster plans now!
Health Care Reform
•  Federal agencies issue "Grandfather" rule
•  Seek support for Medicaid Reform
•  Resources on Medicare bundling pilot program
•  Health insurance reform and consumer protection rule released
National News
•  AHCA this week
•  Driving for Quality Care RV Tour to make Iowa stop
•  Iowa recipients of AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards
•  Iowa CNAs shine at NAHCA annual convention
•  Your programs and people are winners! Nominate them today!
Health Information Technology
•  Watch for Iowa e-Health assessment in e-mail
•  Don't be left in the dark on MDS and health care reform
•  Now's the time to get AL management certified
•  AHCA/NCAL convention early bird registration ends July 21
•  Free consumer education materials
•  Featured Associate Member


Iowa CNAs shine at NAHCA annual convention

Three top awards given recently by the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) went to Iowa CNAs.

Three top awards given recently by the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) went to Iowa CNAs. The NAHCA awards, presented on June 3 at the NAHCA Annual Conference in Oklahoma City, OK, recognized staff who work to improve quality of life for residents and show the highest commitment to long term care.

IHCA Deputy Director, Cindy Baddeloo, along with Lori Porter, NAHCA CEO, and Lisa Cantrell, NAHCA CCO, presented two awards to CNAs at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake. Amy Harrison, CNA, received the NAHCA Member of the Year award for her work in promoting NAHCA and her work on behalf of caregivers in both Iowa and Washington D.C. In addition, Methodist Manor’s new CNA mentor program The Mentors received the NAHCA Continuous Quality Improvement award for its work to improve quality of care. The Mentors work as a team to train new staff and to boost morale among staff and residents.

The third award, NAHCA CNA of the Year, was presented to Julie Kennedy, CNA, a 21-year employee at Heritage Manor in Dubuque. Julie was chosen out of more than 34,000 NAHCA members.

Julie and Amy were among 16 Iowa CNAs who attended the conference. Congratulations to Iowa's NAHCA award winners! For more information on NAHCA, check out their website at www.nahcacares.org or contact Cindy Baddeloo.